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3/27/15 – 4:57 A.M.

A discount tool and equipment store is coming to Findlay. Harbor Freight Tools has confirmed a store will be located at 1757 Tiffin Avenue. The last business at that location was Diner’s Buffet. Renovations are being made to be building.

Harbor Freight Tools is based in Calabasas, California.

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3/27/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Improvements are going to be made at two University of Findlay dorms this summer. The school says new heating and cooling units will be installed in the Morey and Myers residence halls. New windows will also be installed in the buildings. The work is expected to be completed before school starts again in the fall.

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3/26/15 – 10:43 A.M.

The city of Findlay got slightly bigger today. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the expidited annexation of a little more than 28 acres of land from Marion Township into the city. The parcel is located on East Bigelow Avenue near County Road 18. It’s directly south of where the McLane distribution facility is being built.

Jaqua’s Fine Guns is located on the property. According to the store’s website the gun range will be closing, but the store will remain open.

The property is owned by the Ranzau Trust.

The annexation agreement comes with a revenue sharing agreement between Findlay, Hancock County, and Marion Township.

Note – Following map is approximate to parcel being annexed.


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3/25/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Allen County school dismissed early Wednesday after a suspicious note was found in a bathroom. The Lima News reports an Elida high school student found a note that threatened a shooting. A teacher was notified and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour-and-a-half.

School resource officers investigated and believed there was no real threat. Administrators decided to proceed with caution and sent students home just before 1 p.m.

The school is expected to operate normally today.

MORE: Lima News

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3/26/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Elected officials in Seneca County are working to find a project manager for the construction of a new justice center. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners are in favor of appointing the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments. However, to be eligible for a $500,000 state loan for the planning stage of the building, Tiffin officials must also sign off on the manager. So far that hasn’t happened.

Tiffin leaders had wanted to build the justice center on a former school property. The county commissioners selected land next to the county court annex building. Commissioner Fred Zoeller met with four judges and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz to discuss the issue yesterday.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

UPDATE – 3:50 p.m.

Two people are in custody today after a string of robberies in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the Tiffin Avenue Kroger location just before 10 p.m. after a man was cut with a knife. The male suspect made off with the victim’s phone and fled the scene. The victim was treated at the scene of the incident.

While searching for the suspect officers were called to the Circle K on Tiffin Avenue about 30 minutes after the first incident. Two men at that location attempted to steal a car from someone at knifepoint. The victim was hit, but the suspects fled on foot. The victim was not injured.

A short time later two suspects were found walking along Fostoria Avenue, just west of the convenience store. 21-year-old Joe Vera III and 14-year-old Isaiah Oliver were identified by witnesses as the attackers at Circle K. Oliver was identified as the attacker at Kroger and had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Both Vera and the Oliver are charged with aggravated robbery.

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3/25/15 – 7:24 A.M.
Update – 11:45 A.M.

Power is back on for the thousands of Findlay residents who were left in the dark this morning.

More than 4,400 people on Findlay’s north and east sides lost power around 6:30 a.m. AEP officials said a substation problem apparently caused the outage and they would have power back on by noon.

The outage knocked out several traffic lights in the city. City officials remind you to treat those intersections like a four-way stop.

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3/25/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Four Toledo residents are accused of cashing forged checks at Findlay area businesses. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up the indictments Tuesday. The group is accused of forging multiple checks from the Once Upon a Child clothing store. They used the checks at Great Scot locations in January.

It’s not clear how the suspects got the checks. The total amount of money spent in the scheme was more than $1,800.

MORE: The Courier

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3/25/15 – 5:31 A.M.

A bingo hall was robbed in Tiffin Monday night. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported around 9:15 p.m. Monday evening at the Seneca County Commission on Aging. Three employees were leaving the building when two armed men took $1,100 from them.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the suspects are believed to be white but they used bandanas to cover their faces. One suspect was wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket. The other was wearing a black hoodie and workout pants. Both of the men were around 6’2″ tall.

The men fled to a car parked a the Autumnwood Care Center. Police were able to track their footprints in the snow. Two suspects are being investigated but so far no arrests have been made.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/25/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A celebration of Lincoln Elementary School will take place in Findlay this week. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Two celebrations will take place Friday. The first will be at 9:15 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade. Another celebration will take place at 10:15 a.m. for the rest of the school. The celebrations are open to the public.

When the school first opened it housed grades one through nine. Today it’s home to kindergarten through ?fifth-grade students.

MORE: The Courier

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